Astralwerks and the historic jazz label Blue Note Records have collaborated on a series of lo-fi compilations that fuse jazz and electronica music across an array of themes and moods. The series, titled Bluewerks, kicks off today with the release of Bluewerks, Vol 1: Up Down Left Right.
The 8-track EP features seven rising lo-Fi artists including Zmeyev, Sebastian Kamae, tysu, Saib, G Mills, hiyasu, and Phlocalyst. Bluewerks, Vol 1: Up Down Left Right opens with a prelude from BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong.
Speaking of the collaborative series, Astralwerks General Manager Toby Andrews says: “Partnering with Blue Note to release the first collection of Lo-Fi music from within the Capitol Music Group family felt like a natural fit between our label’s respective sounds. Together with Don and the team, we feel we’ve found an ideal blend of music for all occasions – studying, relaxing, chilling out, and everything in between. Our ambition is to update with future volumes regularly and build Bluewerks into a destination for the space, backed by the biggest labels in electronic and jazz respectively.”
The project clocks in at close to 17 minutes. The continuous mix visualizer provides a non-stop flow of lo-fi music.
“Lo-Fi Beats is a highly evocative form of music with its roots clearly planted in the chordal harmonics and rhythms of jazz,” says Blue Note President Don Was. “The level of artistry involved in creating these tracks fits right in with Blue Note’s mission of creating expressive and authentic music. On top of that, the opportunity to join forces with Toby and his innovative Astralwerks team guarantees that high adventure will be had by all.”
Astralwerks is the backing label of some of the biggest names in electronic music, including ILLENIUM, Jonas Blue, Alesso, Alison Wonderland, and more.
Blue Note Records is home to the catalogs of jazz legends Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, and Bud Powell, among others.
Listen to Bluewerks, Vol 1: Up Down Left Right here.